Brewed by De Dolle Brouwers
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Diksmuide, Belgium


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RATINGS: 208   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ToolHead (266) - København, DENMARK - FEB 23, 2005
33 cl bottle. Served in St. Bernardus chalice. Appearance is golden w/ big chunks of sediment. Medium head. The aroma is complex and spicy, w/ hops, slight sweetness, some fruitiness, and yeast. The flavor is complex as well: yeast, fruitiness, solid malt backbone, and assertive, bitter finish. Alcohol is well hidden. Somewhat incoherent, but interesting nonetheless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mucom (35) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 21, 2005
Light golden colored hazy beer with a big frothy head. Citrus, spice, yeast and fruit are resulting in an overwhelming aroma. The taste gives us fruityness, spices and a fresh bitterness. Alcohol and carbonation are well present. The afttertaste ends with a citric touch. Welldone, what a beer...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
madsberg (10184) - Søborg, DENMARK - FEB 11, 2005
Bottled: Yet another of the beers I’ve been longing to taste. Tonight was the night, when BierKönig opened his new beershop in Copenhagen!! Is light golden coloured. Unclear. Has a huge off white fluffy head. Citrus, spice, yeast and fruit in the aroma. Flavour is citric, fruity and spicy as well. Has some obvious alcohol notes, but its not disturbing. Is crisp and refreshing . Medium bodied. Ends on a grapish note. This beers has all the typical De Dolle characteristics. Great.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - FEB 8, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2005 Light gold in color with a large and morphing head of white foam. Beautiful and incredibly fragrant aroma with hints of peach, pear, apple, banana, clove, strong yeast and perhaps a hint of coriander, though I doubt it was used. Coriander continues on suprisingly with big, bright fruit forward notes, especially apple and pear (skin mainly) along with hints of orange peel. Big, full body. Simply an incredible, world class beer in my opinion.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sayravai (4674) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 23, 2005
(Bottled, BBE 07/2006) Very hazy, orange color with a huge head, and solid yeast particles in the bottom of glass. Citric-hoppy, yeasty, slightly sour and peppery aroma, which is quite mild at start because of the large head. The head reveals a quite interesting aroma with hints of spiciness and toffee. Fruity, quite hoppy, slightly peppery-spicy, quite dry flavor. Long, bitter and spicy finish. Medium-bodied, smooth, somewhat bitter palate with foamy, but balanced carbonation. Hides the ABV very well. An excellent, refreshing and strong blonde ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JorisPPattyn (7912) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 5, 2005
Huge, dense and very white head, leaving real Flemish lace; orangey tinted golden beer, the end full of floating UFO’s. Creamy nose, but at the same time some adstringency into the mucosae: whiff of ammonia/nitrites? The Western-Flemish water? Changing into very dry-hopped notes, as well as candi sugar aroma. Very roasted/toasted initial taste. Hop impression (bitter, but even more aromatic) as seldom found in a B. Beer; As a Californian I²PA, but with European hops, stead of USA. Fully attenuated, the candi sugar has left an aromatic impression, but no sweetness. Ends as if bitter chocolate was added; yet there remains a fruity (grapey) flavour. "Dry" doesn’t even come close. Well-bodied. Superb balance, with just the one emphasis on hop flavour. Wow. This is Kris’ "Hopdink", with the beer to back it. Must try. Much better than remembered.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (14552) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 3, 2005
9% ABV
Beautiful golden color, giant head. Nice woody aroma; old hops. Good body, malty, immediately overwhelmed by a very strong bitterness; the old hops add some astringency. Softer, sweeter and spicier when warmer. Very long final. Really good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - NOV 25, 2004
Light spicy/wheaty aroma. Huge head atop of gold haze. Sweet fruity flavour almost with apple. Light wheat beer flavour too. Little bit thin in feel but still a nice beer. Alcohol very well disguised.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bov (9492) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - NOV 25, 2004
cloudy dark orange colour, fine creamy head and a beautiful lacing, aroma of orange peal and bread with some spicy notes, creamy mouthfeel, full-bodied, very strong bitterness, long dry and bitter aftertaste of orange peal and spices with a touch of alcohol - not the most complex of the De Dolle brews but marvelously made and deeply pleasant !

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Emil (6066) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 5, 2004
Bottle at Copenhagen beer marathon 2004. Hazy golden color, heavy yeast spicy aroma, light sweet fruity taste, medium body, light dry bitter finish.

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